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Food habits are known as being one of the most complex aspects of human behavior, which makes them even more important to understand when moving abroad. As you adjust to a new culture, job, language and lifestyle you’ll undoubtedly feel like your entire body is out of whack. Cultivating a routine will help, while trying to adjust to the Chinese eating schedule as quickly as possible will also assit your body in finding its rhythm sooner rather than later. There are a few other things you can do, however, that will ensure you have the energy your body needs to be healthy and engage in all of the fun activities going on in your new expat life.

Start Slowly
You don’t have to get acclimated all at once. As you unpack your bags and possibly even search for your new apartment in Shanghai or Beijing, it’s important to ease into your new life. Take care of your mental health and allow yourself to enjoy comfort foods from home. Just know that eventually, you will have to branch out little by little into the local culinary community. Start slowly by consuming local dishes that are widely popular. Ask a friend or colleague to recommend places that they enjoy and maybe even invite them along to join you. This is not only a great way to learn what locals eat and how they eat it, but it’s also a great way to make friends and breach the language barrier. Be sure to understand how to ask about food allergies in Chinese, if you have any, and take note of what other people eat and when they eat it.

Continue Taking Vitamins
Taking a daily multivitamin is a great way to ensure that you’re getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy as you transition. Seeing as moving abroad can be a particularly stressful experience, this is a good way to help your body receives B-complex vitamins that help reduce stress and encourage a stable mood. A multivitamin or other form of a supplement can also help you receive vitamins such as Vitamin C and Zinc that will not only help keep sickness at bay but also help to boost up your immune system as you adjust to the new climate and the food. It’s important to mention, however, that if you are going to take supplements, be sure you can read the label properly to ensure you’re taking only all-natural ingredients that are safe for you. Or, better yet, you can take advantage of the ancient traditions surrounding you that encourage the use of herbal medicines. Chinese herbal medicines are known for containing energies, essences, and nutrients that can help your body adjust to the changes you’re going through.

Give it Time
Try not to get too frustrated with yourself as you transition into expat life. Remember that, just as there are foods and customs you might not enjoy in your home country, there will be foods and customs that you might not particularly enjoy in China either. This is okay. It takes time for your body, your taste buds and your mind to catch up with the pace of your new life, and taking it step by step will help you get there quickly and in full health.
 
Katlyn Hope
for Expatree
Date:2019-02-11 11:18:40
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